Clean-Up of Polish Section of Druzbha Pipeline Could Take a Year

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The operator of the Polish section of the Druzbha oil pipeline said on Tuesday that it could take up to a year to completely clean its part of the network after a major Russian oil contamination this year, the RIA news agency reported.

About 500,000 tons of contaminated oil remain on Polish territory, Polish operator PERN was cited as saying.

The Russian Druzhba pipeline, which pumps 1 million barrels of oil per day to western and eastern Europe, was found in mid-April to be contaminated with organic chlorides.

Russia cleaned up the pipeline and restored supply a couple of months later. Transneft, the state oil pipeline monopoly, has promised to compensate energy companies for contamination-related losses.

Rosneft, whose oil production and profits took a hit from oil intake restrictions imposed by Transneft during the crisis, said in rare comments on Tuesday that the pipeline firm had yet to resolve the problem.

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